The KOLD News 13 First Alert Winter Storm Forecast panned out nicely for Arizona.
In Tucson a rain/snow mix kept the windshield wipers going during the commute to work. The commute home will be much drier as the storm winds down.
The Catalina Highway is closed to all traffic after snow and rock slides blocked the road. Last report was 20" of snow on top of the mountain with gusty winds blowing snow into drfits many feet high. No word on when the road will open.
Unfortunately the winter weather took out the Tucson Doppler Radar. This happened early Thursday morning. First Alert Meteorologist Aaron Pickering talked with a forecaster at the U.S. National Weather Service, which maintains the radar, and there is no estimate on when it will go back online.
Rain and snow continues to wind down tonight with spotty leftover showers of rain and snow lingering across southern Arizona tonight and Friday. Accumulations will be light but even a little snow can mean slick conditions on the roadways.
Tonight and Friday night will be two of the coldest nights of the year with mid 20s in Tucson, teens in outlying areas and Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. That means wrap the pipes to keep them from freezing. It's also a good idea to leave a faucet dripping on the other side of the house from the where the water enters. This will keep water moving through the pipes and reduce the chance of freezing. If pipes do freeze, try slowly thawing them with a hair dryer before calling a plumber.
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